Learning and Sharing

We want to support better listening and accountability across the youth sector. During Phase Two, Collective Discovery are working with us and our partners to learn what’s involved in better listening, and to share what they surface with young people and other organisations.

Learning from Phase Two

The following blogs, tools and reports capture what’s been learnt so far.

Collective Discovery are running workshops across the three years of this phase of the fund, exploring issues such as transferring power to young people, working with former beneficiaries, paying young people, measuring the impact of listening work, and other themes which emerge from our partners’ work. These workshops will be the basis for reports which will be shared here. You can sign up for workshops by emailing edd.fry@blagravetrust.org

In addition to annual reports on the learning emerging from the Fund, Collective Discovery are producing reports on specific aspects of our partners’ learning. All these reports are published here as well as under ‘Our Resources’.



 A TLF Practice Paper looking at how organisations are sharing power and decisions with young people. The paper draws on experience of Listening Fund partners in establishing youth boards, ambassador programmes and other ways of improving accountability to young people.



 A TLF Practice Paper exploring how and why organisations pay young people. Using experience and expertise from across the sector, this paper looks at different reasons and mechanisms for payments, and suggests some questions all organisations should engage with when considering pay and participation.



 This TLF Practice Paper examines how young people can safely and equitably be involved in monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. Based on conversations with organisations working in a variety of contexts, the paper offers some different ideas and approaches to learning.

Meet Collective Discovery

Jenny Ross

Jenny is a specialist in supporting groups, organisations and individuals to strengthen their impact and effectiveness. She has had over 100 clients in her decade long consultancy career and works across a wide-range of civil society organisations, funders and issues as a critical friend and learning cheerleader. Jenny enjoys navigating complexity and power dynamics and developing processes and creating spaces where people can come together to learn and commit to take action together. She has worked directly lobbying for change at the UN Security Council, the EU, OECD and the UK Parliament and has extensive experience of supporting civil society networks and activists – particularly across Africa and Eurasia.

Cecillia Makonyola

Cecillia is a power, youth and gender specialist. Her experience is best summarised in two halves; working directly with decision-makers and within global processes (Commonwealth Secretariat, UN Women) to expand and protect space for young people and women to exercise their rights and, strengthening young people and women’s approaches to influencing powerholders and realising those rights (Restless Development and Oxfam). Cecillia is a trained intersectional feminist with an MSc from the London School of Economics’ Gender Institute and an experienced facilitator recently selected to join the UN’s roster as a Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Trainer.

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose works with organisations on systems change, evidence and learning. Sarah focuses on creating accessible ways to collect and make sense of data; how to embrace complexity and systems change; applying an intersectional approach to learning; and how to debunk complex evaluation systems and embrace narratives and storytelling. Sarah serves as a voluntary Lay Director to the board of the National Union of Students and as an Independent Review Panel Member for Accountable Now. She trained as a journalist and has worked for a range of organisations in the UK and internationally, primarily within the child rights sector.

Claudia Elliot

Claudia Elliot is a communications specialist. For her 14 year career, she has worked with think tanks and NGOs working on climate change, economic justice, and international development, including the New Economics Foundation, Global Witness, and CAFOD. She likes creating incisive communications plans and supporting people to become strategic and confident communicators. Claudia is also a trained coach, and is currently learning about how non-violent communication can facilitate difficult dialogue between individuals and groups.

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